Elite Cheer prides itself on having some of the best staff in the country. By maintaining an open mind about training and implenting new and exciting methods, learned from top coaches nationwide, we have become one of the premier gyms in the country. Our staff has been trained and continues to train with only the best. Including : Francis Allen - former Mens Olympic gymnastics coach and the University of Nebraska - Lincoln mens head coach; Dan Kendig - the University of Nebraska Womens Gymnastics head coach; & James Speed - the University of Louisville, KY head cheerleading coach (winning numerous national titles)
Kevin Hooker was a cheerleader at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln where he earned three All American Awards from NCA and runner up to Lance in the regions Best Stunting Award. Kevin was named Captain of his team his senior year, and graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with an engineering degree. Kevin has his AACCA safety certification and is credentialel through Level 5 for the USASF in all categories of Stunt, Tumbling, & Basket Tosses. He has also been a Director for the state of Nebraska for the USASF credentialing program as well as AACCA.
Kevin is also now the chief instructor for the Martial Arts program at Elite. Sensei Kevin started his martial arts journey in 1991 in Shotokan Karate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After moving to Omaha - he found a new home in Kenpo Karate, beginning this training under Shihan Tom Scott in Internationally reccognized Nick Cerio's Kenpo Karate over 15 years ago. With Shihan Scott retiring from the commercial school in 2010, he was given the opportunity to continue Shihan Scotts mission to maintain a prestige level kenpo karate school in the mid-west. Kevin is currently a 4th degree black belt (Yondan) in the art of Kenpo Karate and continues to strive to perfect his skills in the martial arts, now training under Professor Nick Chamberlain Kudan (9th degree).
In the spirit of continuing to strive for more - Kevin took up Brazilian JiuJitsu under Fabio Santos's black belts - Scott Thompson and Greg James. Currently he holds a 1 stripe purple belt rank. Today, Sensei Kevin continues teaching in all of his athletic endeavors.
Chris LaCroix has been instructing tumbling for Elite since 2003. He originally started at the age of 10 as a team member and competed with Elite Cheer for 3 years. After his family moved to Sioux City, IA he continued to train tumbling with a gymnastics school and upon graduation moved back to Omaha to continue his education in Graphics Design. Chris is the designer of the NEW Elite Cheer Logo and continues to train and enhance the tumbling skills of all athletes here at the gym.
Monday - Thursday : 4:00pm - 8:30pm
Friday 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday: 4:30pm - 8:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 2:30pm
I wanted to send an email to say how impressed I am with your organization. We just started attending a month ago and Elite is incredibly well organized and professional. I used to own my own center for the arts including cheerleading, dance, music etc and I understand how difficult it is to communicate all the necessary information, hold meetings, focus groups, organize competitions, etc and your organization does it incredibly well.. - Julie